Christmas comes early …………….

Last week saw the start of our Christmas decorations courses – five of them, all full!

The teacher’s courses ran in the wonderful House for the Future at St Fagans. We had two lovely days working through our school progression which moves from oval festive birdfeeders, through colourful wreaths with freshly cut willow, to five pointed stars filled with random weave and fairy or angel wands for little ones or to go in flowers. The afternoon focussed on a lovely tree for the classroom and allowed teachers to relax and focus on improving their weaving skills. As always we reflected on how little time we have as primary school teachers to work on our own skills before passing them onto the children. The day ended with weaving a little angel for the top of the tree complete with feather halo – aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww!

The teachers left with huge bundles of willow and armfuls of their wonderful creations fired up to pass on their new skills to their pupils. The only complaint – where is the mulled wine on teacher’s days?! Next year – we promise!

The end of the week saw a course for the keen and talented parents at Rhigos Primary School, one of our favourite places on earth, a course at All Saints in Southerndown and finally another running at the Botanic Gardens. I moan like hell about the Christmas ads on the Telly in November but this is different, this is ‘real’ christmas – using the materials around us to start preparing for a natural and sustainable festive season.

So five courses down – nine to go, and going to try so hard not to be Christmassed out by Christmas!

Our courses are now unfortunately full for this year, the living willow season has also started – why not put your name down for next year!

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